We work to prevent pregnant women falling through the cracks of care. Prenatal and postpartum treatment and support ensure babies are born without potentially serious but preventable disease. Healthy babies come from healthy moms.
Mother and Child Alliance (MACA) focuses on vulnerable women living with HIV and other serious, costly infectious diseases such as syphilis and hepatitis B.
A tremendous amount of resources have made this possible in Illinois – from legislative efforts in Springfield to the work of labor and delivery nurses and our enhanced case managers who follow up with clients and providers.
It works! MACA has spearheaded one of the best developed safety-nets for pregnant women living with HIV in the nation. Our approach has influenced successful programs in other areas – U.S cities and states and even nations such as Ukraine and Kazakhstan.
Funding for this critical work comes from the state and federal governments, public and private partners, donors and people like you.
Our programs include direct support of moms and related systems for care.
- Enhanced Case Management – tailored, individual coordinated care
- Classes – disease-specific prenatal education
- Directly Observed Therapy – medication adherence support in the home
- Housing Partnership – no-cost units set aside for the housing-insecure
- New Mothers Initiative – education and job training
For providers and public health
- 24/7 Illinois Perinatal HIV Hotline – live clinical advice and specialty referrals
- Rapid HIV Screening at Labor & Delivery – Illinois’ innovative law to ensure public health and save taxpayers’ costs for treating infants with HIV
- Fetal Infant Mortality Review for HIV and Congenital Syphilis (FIMR HIV/CS) – systems review process for care and delivery improvement across the state of Illinois